Clarets fans walk 19 miles to game - which is then postponed

The group nearing the end of their long journey

The group nearing the end of their long journey

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FOOTBALL supporters trekked 19 miles for charity to see their team play - only for the game to be postponed!

Nine Chelmsford City fans shook off the festive turkey slices to travel by foot from the city centre all the way to Canvey where their team was set to face Concord Rangers on Saturday.

Setting off at 6am from Baddow Road car park, the walkers travelled through the countryside of West Hanningfield, Wickford and Benfleet as they raised money for the Indee Rose Trust.

However just as they arrived at the Aspect Arena at about 2.15pm, they found the match had been called off by referee Chris Pollard due to a powercut at the ground.

Despite not being able to see their side play after trekking for miles, the group said the most disappointing thing was not being able to raise more cash for the Trust which was setup by the family of Indee Rose Dopson who died of a brain tumour, aged just three - it provides support to children who have received treatment for a brain or spinal tumoura.

Walker Jon Read, 45, said: “We managed to raise £116 for The Indee Rose Trust, less than half what we were hoping for due to most Clarets heading straight home.

“That’s the real shame in all of this – a worthy cause such as this at the mercy of bad luck.

“We’ll do what we can to redress that, starting at our next home game where we’ll have our trusty bucket ready to accept donations and do so with huge thanks.”

Along with Mr Read the walkers, all from Chelmsford, were: Mark Heginbotham, 47 Paul Gorrie, 46 Phil Watts, 47 Edd Slater, 23 Simon Stancevic, 25 Chris Davis, 64 Kevin Ling, 34 Gavin Brewer, 47

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